Our Physical Therapy Team

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Dr. Mark Kevern


Dr. Kevern earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2004. He has extensive clinical expertise in treating a wide variety of patients from professional baseball, soccer, and tennis athletes to senior patients for joint replacement and fall prevention. In 2006, Dr. Kevern became a Sport Certified Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He served as the team physical therapist to the University of South Carolina Upstate athletics department.  Most recently, Dr. Kevern was the Director of Clinical Education for High Point University’s DPT Program.

Dr. Kevern has presented at numerous national, regional, and local meetings and symposiums in the area of orthopedics predominantly on upper extremity sports injury and prevention. He is an active member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, ASSET, the ASSET Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Kevern has two peer-reviewed publications in the area orthopedics:

Kevern, MA; Beecher, M; Roa, S. Reliability of Measurement of Glenohumeral Internal Rotation, External Rotation, and Total Arc of Motion in Three Different Test Positions. Journal of Athletic Training. Sept/Oct 2014: Vol 49: (5).

Krupp, RJ; Kevern, MA; Gaines, MD, Kotara, S; Singleton, SB. Long Head of the Biceps Tendon Pain: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment. JOSPT. Feb 2009: Vol 39: (2).

Duke University

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Dr. April Kevern


Dr. Kevern has over 10 years of experience as a PT. She received her B.S. in exercise science from Campbell University in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from Duke University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Dr. Kevern is an experienced orthopedic physical therapist and completed Maitland training for manual therapy and is dry needling certified. She also received advanced training in pelvic Health and treats men and women of all ages with pelvic health concerns, including chronic pelvic pain, urinary, and bowel incontinence, pre and postnatal pain/dysfunction, post pelvic and abdominal surgery management, and sexual dysfunction.

Over her career, Dr. Kevern has also worked extensively with neurological disorders including vestibular dysfunctions, balance disorders, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and more.

Originally from Charlotte, April loves living in Asheville with her husband, Mark, and their 2 children. She enjoys reading, exercise, connecting with other Asheville moms, travel, and hiking with her family.

Duke University

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Dr. Rachel Shumate


Rachel Shumate is an Asheville native. She has lived in other parts of NC, but this is her home. Rachel initially graduated college with a degree in photojournalism and Spanish.

As a photographer, she photographed weddings, team portraits, college advertising and assisted the team photographer for the Charlotte Hornets (Bobcats at the time) and the Carolina Panthers. Rachel also taught Spanish to middle school students for 5 years.

She then chose to pursue her doctor of physical therapy degree which combines her love for creativity, problem solving and education.

Rachel primarily treats orthopedics and loves working with all ages. She also has her certification in dry needling.

Her goal is to empower people to take care of themselves and help them live their best life! When Rachel is not working, she loves reading, redoing furniture, hiking, exercising and hanging out with her husband and 3 pups. 

Western Carolina University

Elisabeth Long


Elisabeth obtained her degree in Bachelor of Business and Accounting from Briarcliffe College, Patchogue NY. After working for a few years in private accounting, she sought out diversity for her background and went on to earn her Cosmetology License from The Long Island Beauty School, Hauppague NY. By merging her knowledge and skills, she was able to find the balance between customer service and building relationships with the intricacies of running a medical office.

Originally from Long Island, NY, Elisabeth moved to the Asheville area with her husband and daughter. They eased into life here and have been enjoying getting to know and explore their new surroundings. In her spare time, she has become a volunteer leader for the Girl Scouts and started a troop for her daughter and girls in the area. With her family they enjoy frequenting local parks and playgrounds, waterfall hikes and visiting the local breweries.

Briarcliffe College

Our Partners

Dr. Nikki Weiner


Licensed occupational therapist and co-founder of The Rising Workplace. Trained as an Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Nikki performs workplace assessment, consulting, and training. Her work centers on the relationship between personal, environmental, and occupational factors in the workplace, and is focused on employee engagement, performance and well-being.

Washington University

David Weiner


David works with businesses to measure workplace trends that affect performance, retention and engagement. As a clinical therapist by trade, he enjoys expanding his focus to organizations, that are, after all, only as healthy as the individuals that comprise them. David is extensively trained in disability rights regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

University of Georgia